Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Let's try again, 100 things

Since the beginning of the year, I've attempted to destash my crafting supplies. I've been semi-active on a few Facebook buy/sell groups and have gotten rid of quite a bit even if it doesn't look like it. But with all the travel I've been doing (going home almost every month), it seems like I'm never going to make progress. I come back from a trip, barely unpack, barely clean, and then start all over again. It doesn't help that we've been down an employee at work since January. Travel is slowing down (I don't have anything planned for a few months) so I'll be around to get some work done.

So it is time to step up the game. Once again, I'm going to try to get rid of 100 things in 100 days. I'm starting this challenge tomorrow so in case you want to join me, I'm giving you a tiny bit of advanced notice.

100 days from tomorrow is Saturday, November 7th. I didn't plan it that way, but I'm happy that my challenge ends on a weekend, just in case I need that last day to make a trip to Goodwill.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Another sympathy card

This is a follow-on to last week's posting. I made another sympathy card because I wanted to send a sympathy card to both my aunt and cousin. Unfortunately, it feels like you've finally grown up when you send or receive sympathy cards.
Supplies: My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, Martha Steward punch, Memory Box die, Unity stamp, Hero Arts pearls.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Shopping when hungry

These jumped into my cart. As if I needed any encouragement to eat more chips (I'm a salty snacker, not a sweet snacker).
Let's see how long it takes me to finish over a pound and a half of chips.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sympathy card

I got to play with watercolors at a recent craft retreat and came up with this card. It isn't any fun to make sympathy cards, but this stamp made the process a little easier. Just something simple with the right words.

I'm posting this at Unity Stamps for this week's Friends with Flair. The sentiment came from the Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories kit. The sentiment looks silvery in the photo, but it was actually stamped in Tim Holtz Soot Distress Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. It looks more grey in real life.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Cleaning out the fridge

And came up with this dinner:
Had leftover Swiss chard, mushroom ragu, and pasta in the fridge. Melted some cream cheese, added the leftovers, topped it with bits of leftover cheese, and baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. A delicious new meal for dinner that didn't taste like leftovers.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

It's been hard

It has been hard these past few months, pretending everything is normal. Thinking about how trite my condolences may have sounded in the past, despite my well meaning sentiments. But when you lose a parent, even if you aren't close to them, the deep sense of loss can't be denied. And if you haven't experienced it yourself, it can be difficult to describe.

It isn't like I haven't experienced the death of a loved one. I've been going to funerals since I was a child. I attended the funerals of all four of my grandparents, various aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends, my favorite aunt, my favorite uncle, in-laws. I've written eulogies and delivered them (I'm pretty good at it, if you ever have the need). But I'm still trying to figure out how to say good-bye to Dad.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

We just received this yummy treat from our neighbor. Xin nian kuai le!